A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Tutus Barclay has expressed concern over what he termed the poor transportation in the country and the need to urgently address the situation.
The Monsterrado County District #11 Representative and Chairman of the House Committee on Transport said several rules and regulations governing the transport system were not being respected by commercial drivers, while some of these rules also need to be strengthened and enforced.
Speaking to reporters over the weekend, the Lawmaker said he has observed that despite Government announced transport fare for various destinations in and around Monrovia, commercial drivers have chosen to overcharge passengers, there by posing problems for passengers and often creating tension.
He said commercial drivers were taking advantage of limited government transport busses and the huge population in Monrovia to exploit the masses.
The Lawmaker stressed the need for the Liberian Government to take keen interest in providing better transport system for the masses, by putting busses in the street with low fare and reawaken the Monrovia Transit Authority.
Hon Barclay made special appeal to President Ellen Johnson to use her influence to appeal to friendly governments to help improve the transport system in postwar Liberia, by empowering the LMA.
Meanwhile, the Lawmaker has commended the wave of motorcyclists in the transport business. He said he supports the motorcyclists because they are doing extremely well to help commuters to their various destinations faster that vehicles clustered in the traffic.
The House Transport Committee Chief however warned that Police ensure that motorcyclists drive with helmets and halt carrying women with babies on their backs, something he said was a violation of the transport law.
He disclosed that he will shortly hold talks with the Minister of Transport, transport and drivers’ unions as well as authorities of the Liberia National Police to discuss and advance suggestions that would help to improve the transport sector.